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Interesting Thought Experiement
on 9 July 2014
As a response to Wulf V:
I recently went to a talk by the author, where she specifically mentioned the inconsistency of names. She mixed up the Anglo-Saxon and Norse names on purpose. After all, had the alternate history in the book take place as described, there would be no reason that the names from either culture would have taken precedence.
I think it's a little unfair to judge this book on its subject matter in this way. Surely, if anything, it introduces Wodenism to a new audience? As a Christian, I am not at all offended that she has reduced my beliefs to the museum exhibit of a 'dead cult'. The books is very clearly presenting a thought experiment, rather than attacking any particular religion. Other that the Cult of Celebrity, of course.
The fact that the Gods return to London is a joke. The Norse Rainbow Bridge and the famously wobbly Millennium Bridge, was, according to Simon, 'too good a connection to miss'. She clearly sets Copenhagen as the centre of Wodenism, not London, much as Rome is the centre of Catholicism today.
In short, I approve of any book which makes kids think about The Big Things.